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Old 6th September 2021, 23:17   #3361
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^^ There were two type of bicycle "head lights" during my school days. The first one was just a kerosene lamp, designed to be fitted to a clamp at the centre of the handlebars. Needless to say, it won't illuminate the road, but will make the cyclist visible for other road users. The second one was called a "dynamo set" and will have a head lamp that could illuminate the road, a small red color tail lamp, and a small bottle like attachment which was fitted near the rear wheel, on the right side of the frame. It will have a small blunt toothed gear at the top. Wires led from the contraption to the head and tail lamps. At the push of a lever, the contraption will tilt towards the rear wheel and the toothed gear will touch the tyre, start spinning and produce power to operate the lamps. Needless to say, only well off people had the latter kind! My brother and I pestered our father till he got one for each of us.

Police will periodiclly stop us and check for working front lamps, a tail lamp / red color reflector, and the all important licence issued by the Municipality for owning and using the bicycle! One needed licences for owning bicycles, dogs and home radio receivers!

People with dynamo fitted bicycles were upper middle class! Anyone owning a Motorbike or scooter was rich! A car owner was super rich!

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Old 7th September 2021, 08:24   #3362
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The second one was called a "dynamo set"
The dynamo light used to be there even in the 80s and 90s, especially on the old style bicycles. We used to have a Raleigh cycle from the 60s (which my dad brought from his early day salary), which I rode sometime in high school till my 3rd year in college, till one fine day, the cross member decided to break off middle of a ride.

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When was this?

By the time I grew up, 16 year olds could ride sub 60cc 2 wheelers Luna, TVS 50, Bajaj Sunny to school.
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When was this?
During my school days (1965-75). The licence was not for riding the cycle but for ownership. It was a small badge like thing which one fixed on the cycle itself. Ditto for dogs. The badge should be attached to the dog's collar. Any unattended dog without the badge will be caught and taken away by the Municipal dog catcher van. These "licences" were one time payments, a small fee. For the radio there was a booklet which one carried to the post office every month/quarter (I don't remember now), paid a small fee and got it endorsed on the book.

B&W TV came to Chennai around 1975, and they needed a licence too. But soon thereafter for some reason the government decided to abolish all four licences.

My father had a Robinhood bicycle which he bought from his first salary during late fifties. He will ride it to the local train station, leave it at a stand and go by train to work. My grandfather, at our native place Seerkazhi, had an "England Raleigh" cycle which he bought from HIS first salary during the thirties! He was very proud of it and won't let anyone touch it.

I joined college in 1976 and wanted a bicycle. My father gave me his and started walking to the station. The next year my brother joined college and wanted a bicycle too. My grandfather sent his prized Raleigh to him and started walking too. Buying a new one was not so easy for them at the time.

Sorry for the rambling! My father,89, passed away three weeks ago at home due to age related ailments. The fond memories started to gush out and wouldn't stop!

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^The second one was called a "dynamo set"
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The dynamo light used to be there even in the 80s and 90s...
I remember it from 1950s in England.
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^^ There were two type of bicycle "head lights" during my school days. The first one was just a kerosene lamp, designed to be fitted to a clamp at the centre of the handlebars. Needless to say, it won't illuminate the road, but will make the cyclist visible for other road users. The second one was called a "dynamo set" ...
I also remember a third type - a battery operated lamp, that would take two Eveready batteries (R20 type) and attached to the same mount as the dynamo headlamp.

(Sorry for the OT)
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The dynamo light used to be there even in the 80s and 90s, especially on the old style bicycles. We used to have a Raleigh cycle from the 60s (which my dad brought from his early day salary), which I rode sometime in high school till my 3rd year in college, till one fine day, the cross member decided to break off middle of a ride.



When was this?

By the time I grew up, 16 year olds could ride sub 60cc 2 wheelers Luna, TVS 50, Bajaj Sunny to school.
Dynamos were a thing even in 2000s but eventually the headlights started getting replaced like reflective mirrors at the front and back and in most cases even they were not available.
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What has happened to our city's roads and traffic ?

Almost every major road has some or the other type of digging going on. Pallikaranai to Thoraipakkam was a wonderful road that has now been brutally torn apart and repaired carelessly. There are huge dips and sharp joints that test your spinal cord and your car's suspension.

IRR from Velachery MRTS towards GST on the Sunshine school side once again has been reduced from 2 lanes to single lane as they've dug up an entire lane for storm water drainage construction.

All the places where Cops had put up long lines of Barricades during lockdown to check epass have been left as it is/made permanent. Manned by Law and Order cops now to stop and check commercial vehicles. Some places I have noticed this is near Semmencheri, Kamakshi hospital, Muthukkadu bridge, Perungaathur, MIOT Porur, ITC Chola, etc.,

Road discipline, which was not great even pre-covid, is lost completely! I drive exactly the same as I always do and yet now after every drive I feel like I am bad driver because I had to brake suddenly or switch lanes, make emergency maneuvers multiple times because of aloof 2 wheeler riders, cars that drive around like they are late for a meeting with the President, Cabs & rickshaws that frankly seem to be trying to see who can survive on the thin line that separates life and death, MTC drivers that now have 0% compassion(down from the earlier 1%) towards other road users. Generally it now feels like we are in a free for all fight on the roads.

Earlier I used to fear stopping at red lights during late night drives to avoid getting rear ended by one of the F1 drivers practicing on the road. Now it is scary to stop at a signal even in broad daylight and especially on OMR.

Everyone wants to be healthy now, lots of people have taking up walking, jogging, cycling. It is a good thing but I have a problem with these cyclists. No no they cannot ride in a line because they need to talk with each other and show moral support. So they always ride 3 or 4 abreast, motivating each other to reach their target and yes they can occupy an entire lane. I mean who cares about the people with vehicles that had to pay 4/5/6 digit taxes to be allowed to ply on the roads or who really cares about their vehicle's wear and tear while having to slow down, switch lanes and speed up again. But whatever happens do not honk or they will get upset.

Adding to all this are the amazing new potholes on many of the roads or poor repair jobs that are worse than the actual pothole. Not to forget the work done by the law makers to now install ridiculously tall and poorly designed white rumbler strips on the main roads. Unless you crawl over them you will be able to feel your brain trying to exit your cranium. But then I cannot slow down for these strips lest I want to be rear ended by the water lorry tailing me with less that a feet between us.

End of rant.

I promise I will never speak ill of Bangalore(other city I used to frequent pre-covid) roads again.

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What has happened to our city's roads and traffic ?

Almost every major road has some or the other type of digging going on. Pallikaranai to Thoraipakkam was a wonderful road that has now been brutally torn apart and repaired carelessly. There are huge dips and sharp joints that test your spinal cord and your car's suspension.

Road discipline, which was not great even pre-covid, is lost completely!

I promise I will never speak ill of Bangalore(other city I used to frequent pre-covid) roads again.
I fully agree. I had to travel to porur yesterday and had a tough time. EB guys are digging to lay cables.

Traffic discipline is totally gone. More than that, people are honking aggressively, and road rage is also on the rise. Like you, I too used to utter imprecations on the traffic conditions in Bangalore. But from now on, I'll shut up about that.

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Generally it now feels like we are in a free for all fight on the roads.
Fully agree with you.

I was anyway not a fan of driving manners on Indian roads, but noticed of late, that it has gone from bad to worse! Also it seems more people are looking for personal cars (used cars) for commute? I also feel traffic in general has increased, is it only me who feel this? I commute around Chennai south, OMR area.

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New parking spot is discovered! Thanks to the innovative ideas for easing parking problems from Police themselves!!

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I was anyway not a fan of driving manners on Indian roads, but noticed of late, that it has gone from bad to worse! Also it seems more people are looking for personal cars (used cars) for commute? I also feel traffic in general has increased, is it only me who feel this?
Your observations are spot on & I'm with you on this! Post covid lockdown many folks have purchased or loaning/have take loans to purchase new vehicle, two-wheelers especially, avoiding public transport for pandemic. And yes, many of them have started riding/driving/commuting regularly for first time & obviously have to learn a lot of manners, just like kids!! Especially the middle-aged, elders & pullingos

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